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Don’t take what Griffin said out of context . . .

I asked Ryan Griffin about getting Trevon Wesco back this week, since the two of them have done some very good run-blocking when on the field together – really getting after people. I don’t care what some analytics site says, with unclear criteria, these guys are roadgraders.

Against Houston, they were pounding people, and often together, like on these two key plays –

In the third quarter, Zach Wilson had a four-yard TD run on an RPO – Trevon Wesco and Ryan Griffin set the edge, including Wesco pancaking LB Zach Cunningham.

In the fourth quarter, Griffin and Wesco had key blocks on Elijah Moore seven-yard run off left tackle on fourth-and-one.

So the question was strictly about blocking and having them being back together this week.

“When we’re on the field at the same time, I think we’re a dynamic duo,” Griffin said.

Once again, don’t fall for people taking this quote out of context – it was strictly about blocking, not making them into a combination of Travis Kelce and George Kittle in the passing game . . .

The firing of Urban Meyer in Jacksonville shows you two things. First of all, this league is all about the QB, and the Jacksonville QB is playing on a very low level with one TD pass in the last six games. Good chance all that stuff that went on with Meyer being tough on offensive players and offensive coaches doesn’t happen if Trevor Lawrence is playing better, and there’s a good chance he’s still the coach. Secondly, clearly, you can’t coach players like the old days – you need to be more of a helicopter-parent these days, because the players don’t deal with criticism like they did 20 years ago.

You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff I heard Bill Parcells say to players during practices when he coached the Jets. You can’t do that stuff anymore . . .

This league is all about the QB. When you get top-shelf QB play –  it’s like a rising tide that lifts all boats. It enhances everyone’s play. You saw that in the Jets-Bengals game, their best performance of the season . . .

Joe Douglas was watching practice today with Greg Nejmeh, the Jets’ Pro Personnel Director. Man, would I love to be a fly on the wall, if you will, for one of these conversations, as they talk about the personnel on the field.

The Jets are going to need some “blunt force trauma,” as Rex Ryan used to say, in their personnel meetings after the year, and eschew confirmation bias.

What does Douglas truly think about what is going on this year? Granted, they knew it could be rough at times with so many young players, but whenever there are this many blowout losses, it’s not just youth.

It’s going to be a fascinating off-season with so many big decisions ahead, and two picks in the first, second, fourth and fifth rounds.

The off-season not only should be about improving the talent, but improving the instincts on defense. This defense has too many see-and-go reactors . . .

The Jets are pushing some players for the Pro Bowl on social media. Not a fan of this on a 3-10 team, but it’s probably a league initiative. However, I’m not sure if there is anyone Pro Bowl worth this year, maybe, aside from Braxton Berrios as a returner or maybe an offensive lineman as a reserve. But somebody from this historically bad defense? It could be hard to argue for that. Look, Quinnen Williams is very talented, but Williams, like so many of their front seven players, has had issues against the run, and he’s tied for the team lead in penalties with five. Good player, but Pro Bowl player this year, some might disagree . . .

One person having a very good season is Jets’ offensive line coach John Benton. The Jets’ line has improved over the course of the year. The veteran coach is very good at his job . . .

December 16, 2021

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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